Dementia is on the increase. It is estimated that there are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, more than ever before, and this number is projected to increase rapidly over the next few decades.
Deprived communities experience poorer mental health, higher rates of smoking and greater levels of obesity than the more affluent. They spend more years in ill health and die sooner. Reducing health inequalities is an economic and social challenge as well as a moral one.